I bought the tickets. We’re committed.
I can’t believe what a nightmare this has been. I never, ever thought the relatively simple act of getting to Prudhoe Bay from Boise could be so difficult. Let’s see if I can somehow recap all this – just for posterity’s sake.
Way back when we started discussing options for getting up to Prudhoe Bay. One option was to ship the bikes and drive ourselves – “simple enough,” we said. Not quite. When I called Alaska Air they informed me that
- We couldn’t ship our bikes because we weren’t “known shippers” and
- We couldn’t ship them because they didn’t fit on the plane – the only planes out of Boise were small.
We gave up on that option and concentrated on figuring out how to drive up. At some point in the discussion the option of John and the boys driving up early and me flying up after I finish the school year surfaced. John called Alaska Air again to find out if we could put a single bike on the plane – that way they would only have to haul two of them. In his conversation with the rep, he discovered that flight 381 out of Boise at 3:03 in the afternoon was a big plane – we could put all the bikes on that. I called back to talk with them and confirmed that was, indeed, the case. We could fly after all.
So today I called to actually buy the tickets. Flight 381 at 3:03 doesn’t exist. And all planes out of Boise are small. There is no way to fly Alaska Air. (Apparently Horizon is buying out this route from Alaska and they only operate small planes – the change is effective in May. Flight 381 did exist a couple weeks ago.)
OK - so where do we go from here? I started searching the internet to find a big plane out of Boise – going anywhere. And from that anywhere to Prudhoe Bay – on a big plane. After spending nearly three hours on the internet and talking with representatives from Alaska Air and Expedia, I’ve come up with a plan that I think will work.
We fly out of Boise at 1:05 on June 8 to Salt Lake City. From there we head south to Phoenix, then north to Anchorage, then on to Fairbanks, and finally arrive in Prudhoe Bay at 8:44 the next morning. And we hope our bikes arrive with us.
Next time I’m going to choose a big city with lots of flights out of it – bag this little airport stuff!